Disney Hires <i>Kon-Tiki</i> Directors For <i>Pirates of the Caribbean 5</i>

Disney is ready to set sail with the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, as Deadline reports the studio has tapped Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to helm the ship. The Norwegian duo was on Disney's shortlist of directors to follow up Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which earned $1 billion worldwide.

Kon-Tiki is a dramatized look at the 1947 expedition led by Thor Heyerdahl that set out to prove South Americans could have populated the Polynesian islands. Not many directors can claim detailed experience shooting on the water, but that was most likely a big factor in Disney hiring Rønning and Sandberg.

Disney reportedly just received a new draft of the Pirates 5 script from Jeff Nathanson, who penned Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 3 and Tower Heist. The film is expected to start shooting toward the end of this year or the beginning of 2014.

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